Hampshire College votes in Kenneth Rosenthal as interim president

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The president of Hampshire College has stepped down.

The struggles at Hampshire College don’t seem to end as their president has now resigned.

Hampshire College announced Friday that President Miriam Nelson has stepped down. In a statement, Nelson said the ongoing financial troubles at the school contributed to her decision to resign.

The board voted to appoint Kenneth Rosenthal as interim president while they work to identify new leadership for the college.

Nelson began as president less than a year ago after the retirement of Jonathan Lash. This recent resignation comes after three college trustees quit last week. The latest, Kim Saal, who was the vice chair of the board.

As the college continues to struggle financially, nine staff members were given pink slips while trustees voted to limit the size of the next incoming class to 77.

Hampshire College has been looking for ways to move forward, whether it was to keep the college independent or find a partnership.

In a statement, the college chair told 22News, “The board voted to endorse the primary direction of engaging fully in fundraising in support of an independent Hampshire.”

College officials have said that the number one priority is to provide the best education possible during this time.

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